One of Volkswagen’s best-kept secrets is the 2019 Golf SportWagen. Now in its fifth and final model year in the United States, the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen offers nearly as much interior space as the compact Tiguan SUV while delivering the driving experience of a Golf hatchback.
Like an SUV, the SportWagen is available with a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, which Volkswagen calls 4Motion. But the SportWagen does not have the elevated seating position of an SUV, highly coveted by Americans, nor the extra 2.5 inches of ground clearance the Tiguan offers for those off-road treks most SUV owners never take. That said, you don’t have to grab onto something climbing into a Golf SportWagen, and it’s easy to park, weighs many hundreds of pounds less, and gets substantially better fuel economy than comparably sized SUVs.